My Grammar Background

My first experience with grammar was when I was home schooled in fourth grade. My mom was my teacher and she has always been one who finds great importance in grammar. I grew up with her always correcting anything I spoke that was not grammatically correct and so in fourth grade when I really stated learning that stuff in detail through writing, it became clear what the major do’s and don’ts were. I chose to rant about the words: “their”, “there”, and “they’re”, because when I first learned them my mom made me write out a list of examples of each ones and why each word was important to each sentence in context. It was repetitive and annoying but I realize now how important it is to know and that many people my age still make these common mistakes. I am thankful now for all these repetitive exercises.

Closing Reflection: Literacy is contextual, and context is interpretation.